I had posted a thread last week about my Mini-Schnauzer having the runs. She is much better now - it cleared on its own. Anyhow, I was saying that my Breeder advised me to feed Science Diet Adult small bite as the puppy food was too rich and with adult food, she will grow slower and joints will mature properly. Well, you think I started WW3. People saying how dare I NOT give puupy food; what does my Vet say; etc. Well, a few points to make...
1) I did ask my Vet and he said no problem with what Breeder said but he recommended I use Prescription Diet CANINE (also an adult food). 2) I compared ingredients of both and S/D has chicken listed first whereas P/D has corn listed first. 3) I visited local stores yesterday and I looked at all Puppy food they had on shelves (pedigree, alpo, Iams, etc.) and they ALL had some type of ground yellow corn listed as first ingredient. Now, from what I read here recently, everybod is saying that corn is just a filler with no value at all......
Anyway, just my oberservation so let the replies/opinions begin. After all is siad and done, lets all agree that we all love are pets and the reason we are here is to maybe learn something new for our pets benefit or help others for their pet's benefits.
Sneakers, from my point of view, I think you love your pets just as much as we love ours, no matter what you feed them and what the ingredients list starts with!
I had also mentioned what I feed my dog in a previous thread and was poked and proded and told that I don't care about what I feed my dog because I don't spend 60$ on a bag of dog food (my dog will only eat generic brand of dog food, I've tried everything else but she gets sick and the runs). My dog is healthy, happy and I will not change what she eats based on what is said on these threads.
You can't really take anything too personally on these boards because everybody has a different opinion about their pets and they want to give them the best and they want everybody else to do so as well. Whatever the case, don't let them get under your skin with comments and remarks, just do what you know is right for your pet and if your vet says it's fine, than it's fine.
If your puppy is doing ok on the food, and that is what he/she will eat, then give it that food. Corn is put in dog food as a filler. If is difficult for any age of dog to digest. Corn is a fiber source and produces fill (it makes the dog think that it is full because it can't fit anymore in its stomach). In order to more fully digest fiber, an animal needs microbes in their GI tract (the reason why cattle can make good use of grass and hay- high fiber feeds). Dog foods that have a lot of corn in them will typically make your dog go to the bathroom AT LOT. It is the equvalent to a person eating a lot of lettuce or celery, so some other vegetable with a lot of fiber in it.
Actually I just to switched to Canidea . No filler such as corn.The first 2 ingredients are chicken and turkey meal.It's 33.00 dollars for a 40 pound bag. Not a bad price.Before that I was feeding Sensible Choice,not a bad food, but had a lack of protien, only one protien in the food, and before that I was feeding Castor and Pollucks, but the soy in it didn't sit well with my dogs.In all honesty ,you can do better then SD for your dogs.They over charge for less then premium ingredients.
I feed my boxers Maximum Nutrition (from Wal Mart) Lamb and Rice, they have all done wonderful on them. They have a lot less waste than on other foods, and it also cuts down on their gas. We also have a 3 year old lab, that was on a different food, i think pedigree, but was switched over and does much better on the maximum nutrition. So..just because a dog food is expensive ,doesn't mean that it is good.
I'm afraid I wasn't around for that discussion (or at least- it wasn't WW3 enough for me to remember it! ;)- but I'm just not sure what the point is of your post?
I have absolutely no problem with feeding a puppy a healthy adult food. I do however, object to your thought of what *makes* a healthy adult food. The last place to look for a healthy dog food is on a grocery store/pet super market shelf. And sadly- MOST vets are just as clueless about proper pet nutrition as the average pet owner- it's true! :(
I don't like saying that corn has "no value". It's a carb. Some dogs can get *something* out of it. It just happens that the brands you list use extremely poor quality corn- which is already a difficult ingredient for most dogs to digest (their digestive tract is shorter than OURS- and we all know how well WE process corn, right?). It's also this crappy quality stuff that produces allergic reactions in our pets- dull coats, flaky skin, itchy body parts. And it's certainly NOT a necessary ingredient in dog food- so why do you think companies add it so often? It's cheap. It's cheap. It's CHEAP. Interestingly enough- that cheap ingredient that makes up the majority of these foods doesn't always equal a cheap price tag for the consumer, tho! ;)
You'll have to do some more research- dig a little deeper- find a specialty shop or an educated vet so you can learn more about what goes into a good food.
In some ways, I am like Canuck. If it ain't broke, dont fix it. If your dog does great on a lower quality food, like pedigree or whatever, more power to ya. However, most dogs will do better on a higher quality dog food and have less gas, poop less, etc.
Be careful about swapping foods, it can lead to upset stomachs and picky eaters.